E161b is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU). It is used as a natural colouring agent in food and drink products.
The common name for E161b is lutein.
E161b is a yellow / orange colouring that occurs naturally in green leaves, egg whites and marigolds. When required on a commercial scale, E161b is extracted from nettles and grass. This colouring is only partially soluble in water and is therefore not widely used. E161b is a xanthophyll (an oxygenated derivative of carotenes).
Our search did not reveal any side effects of E161b.
Examples of food and drink products that may include E161b:
- alcoholic drinks
- egg yolk